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jwolf6589

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I was watching Star Trek the Original series (only Trek I will watch) on my AppleTV and then after I completed an episode and wanted to continue on the next one I got a message on the screen saying to subscribe to Paramount Plus for $9.99 a month and I had to exit the AppleTV app and manually select the next episode with the TV shows app. Is Paramount trying to hijack my AppleTV? I PAID for the entire series about the same cost as I paid for the DVD sets. Will I continue to get this message after the completion of each episiode? Anyone else experienced this? The only streaming service I have is AppleTV+ and they dont even carry TOS. This is absurd. Fortunately I have the entire set on DVD but the AppleTV is just far more convenient and easy than loading a Blue-ray player.
 
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Audit13

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I don't have this problem with any of the iTunes TV shows I purchased. I play TVs shows using the TV show app and movies using the Movies app rather than the Apple TV app. I also don't allow any of my subscription services to be linked to the Apple TV app and I have Prime, Paramount+, HBOMax, Netflix, Peacock, and Hulu.
 

jwolf6589

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I don't have this problem with any of the iTunes TV shows I purchased. I play TVs shows using the TV show app and movies using the Movies app rather than the Apple TV app. I also don't allow any of my subscription services to be linked to the Apple TV app and I have Prime, Paramount+, HBOMax, Netflix, Peacock, and Hulu.
My first time I had this problem as well.
 

Apple_Robert

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You can get that series in HD on sale on iTunes for $29. If you don't want to buy, you can rip your DVD set and put it in your iTunes library.

To answer your question, Paramount will probably continue advertising their service in that way.
 

jwolf6589

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You can get that series in HD on sale on iTunes for $29. If you don't want to buy, you can rip your DVD set and put it in your iTunes library.

To answer your question, Paramount will probably continue advertising their service in that way.
I already paid for the three seasons on iTunes and got the message.
 

nastysailboat

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I was watching Star Trek the Original series (only Trek I will watch) on my AppleTV and then after I completed an episode and wanted to continue on the next one I got a message on the screen saying to subscribe to Paramount Plus for $9.99 a month and I had to exit the AppleTV app and manually select the next episode with the TV shows app. Is Paramount trying to hijack my AppleTV? I PAID for the entire series about the same cost as I paid for the DVD sets. Will I continue to get this message after the completion of each episiode? Anyone else experienced this? The only streaming service I have is AppleTV+ and they dont even carry TOS. This is absurd. Fortunately I have the entire set on DVD but the AppleTV is just far more convenient and easy than loading a Blue-ray player.
This happens to me sometimes what's I think is happening is the episode you watch is probably available on paramount+ and free so it started you there since the Apple TV app links your streaming services instead of playing from your library. I think once you play from your library it will be good. Try going to the Shows app on the Apple TV and watch an episode and see if it realizes you're watching it from there. I think that's what everyone else is getting at as well.
 
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bluespark

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This happens to me sometimes what's I think is happening is the episode you watch is probably available on paramount+ and free so it started you there since the Apple TV app links your streaming services instead of playing from your library. I think once you play from your library it will be good. Try going to the Shows app on the Apple TV and watch an episode and see if it realizes you're watching it from there. I think that's what everyone else is getting at as well.
I think this is right. If you watch a free trial episode for a streaming service, you'll get that sort of ad even if you own the series. OTOH, if you watch from your library, you will not.
 

pmiles

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The AppleTV device has two AppleTV apps... one is the actual AppleTV+ app which only allows you to watch Apple original content of that service (which is only accessible from within the AppleTV app), and the other is the AppleTV app, which is storefront-based app which allows you to see content across multiple services, even if you are not subscribed to them (this is found on the main page of your device... where system tools and the like reside). Because of this, it can potentially offer you a free view of a show from a subscription service in lieu of say a season pass purchase for example.

To ensure that you are indeed watching the content from the source that you wish to view it from, it is best to use said app associated with it. So for example, the Paramount+ app if you are subscribed to the service (TOS entire library exists on that service) or the TV Shows app if you own an iTunes purchased season of that show.

The AppleTV app is designed to sell you content to watch... it's a storefront. While it may allow you to watch what's next in your viewing habits... it's not necessarily "smart" enough to select the correct source for that content.

So when you say you were watching it from your library... that would mean you would not be selecting the AppleTV app at all in order to watch it. If you enter the AppleTV app, you are not selecting your library to watch it from.

Of course I do not own any iTunes purchased content, so I can't say whether Apple is allowing advertising on purchased content. I doubt that is the case. Free content on the other hand always comes with advertising for the service providing said content.
 

jwolf6589

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The AppleTV device has two AppleTV apps... one is the actual AppleTV+ app which only allows you to watch Apple original content of that service (which is only accessible from within the AppleTV app), and the other is the AppleTV app, which is storefront-based app which allows you to see content across multiple services, even if you are not subscribed to them (this is found on the main page of your device... where system tools and the like reside). Because of this, it can potentially offer you a free view of a show from a subscription service in lieu of say a season pass purchase for example.

To ensure that you are indeed watching the content from the source that you wish to view it from, it is best to use said app associated with it. So for example, the Paramount+ app if you are subscribed to the service (TOS entire library exists on that service) or the TV Shows app if you own an iTunes purchased season of that show.

The AppleTV app is designed to sell you content to watch... it's a storefront. While it may allow you to watch what's next in your viewing habits... it's not necessarily "smart" enough to select the correct source for that content.

So when you say you were watching it from your library... that would mean you would not be selecting the AppleTV app at all in order to watch it. If you enter the AppleTV app, you are not selecting your library to watch it from.

Of course I do not own any iTunes purchased content, so I can't say whether Apple is allowing advertising on purchased content. I doubt that is the case. Free content on the other hand always comes with advertising for the service providing said content.
I have not subscribed to any streaming service besides AppleTV + so I was watching TOS from my library when I got the message.
 

-Gonzo-

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The AppleTV device has two AppleTV apps
Not quite, The Apple TV app is one app with ATV+ as a channel within that app.
Originally it was in the channels section but has since been given a selectable option along the top.
So when you say you were watching it from your library... that would mean you would not be selecting the AppleTV app at all in order to watch it. If you enter the AppleTV app, you are not selecting your library to watch it from.
Within the ATV app you have access to your Library of purchased TV Shows and Movies
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SoldOnApple

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I noticed Prime Video is starting to do the same, show content from other paid streaming services. They had a "free for you" tab introduced for a while, but looks like they renamed that since. It's very confusing how these premium streaming apps all want to be a hub for the other apps. Especially when those other premium content appears on the default screen. I know Steve Jobs' vision for Apple TV was for it to be a hub for all streaming apps, but unless you're rich and can afford all those other apps then it feels like a tease from exotic dancers you can't afford.
 

mallbritton

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I was watching Star Trek the Original series (only Trek I will watch) on my AppleTV and then after I completed an episode and wanted to continue on the next one I got a message on the screen saying to subscribe to Paramount Plus for $9.99 a month and I had to exit the AppleTV app and manually select the next episode with the TV shows app. Is Paramount trying to hijack my AppleTV? I PAID for the entire series about the same cost as I paid for the DVD sets. Will I continue to get this message after the completion of each episiode? Anyone else experienced this? The only streaming service I have is AppleTV+ and they dont even carry TOS. This is absurd. Fortunately I have the entire set on DVD but the AppleTV is just far more convenient and easy than loading a Blue-ray player.
Paramount+ isn't trying to hijack your Apple TV. :) I've also had this problem a small handful of times. I believe it may be a bug in the Apple TV app that misreads the metadata for the series and gets confused about where to play the next episode from. I've reported it to Apple multiple times: https://www.apple.com/feedback/.
 
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RLRabb

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I was watching Star Trek the Original series (only Trek I will watch) on my AppleTV and then after I completed an episode and wanted to continue on the next one I got a message on the screen saying to subscribe to Paramount Plus for $9.99 a month and I had to exit the AppleTV app and manually select the next episode with the TV shows app. Is Paramount trying to hijack my AppleTV? I PAID for the entire series about the same cost as I paid for the DVD sets. Will I continue to get this message after the completion of each episiode? Anyone else experienced this? The only streaming service I have is AppleTV+ and they dont even carry TOS. This is absurd. Fortunately I have the entire set on DVD but the AppleTV is just far more convenient and easy than loading a Blue-ray player.
Same thing happened to me when I was watching Mad Men. It kept trying to send me to the AMC app, although I had been watching through the Library tab of the AppleTV app.
 
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